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Shepherding the Flock

Shepherding the Flock    This article is a long time in the making. I’ve wanted to relate what we’ve learned with sheep for a long time, but the Spirit wasn’t finished. Now, I pray, He is. I am writing this for two groups; those who are interested in sheep, and the pastors who spiritually shepherd a flock.    As the scripture gives many references comparing us to sheep, all of us in the “Good Shepherd’s” flock can … Read entire article »

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Holy Moments-A Christmas Story

   His name was William. If he spoke to you, you would know that he wasn’t like everyone else. You see, he lives in a nursing home because he can’t take care of himself. At first glance, he seems so out of place. He appears to be only in his fifties and gets around well enough. But his mental state is so that he wouldn’t make it alone. Our family met him one Christmas.            Angie has always encouraged the girls to spend time ministering to those who are not like others. Being somewhat of outcasts ourselves we tend to relate to those that society seems to forget. But this time it would be hard for me. I never could go to the nursing home easily. It always made me feel … Read entire article »

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What a day that will be!

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.     This morning, Angie woke me up at 4:30. She was so excited and said that she had something that she wanted me to see. As I crawled out of bed, she explained that she’d had a terrible dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. When she came into the living room, she’d heard something outside. As I approached with her, I heard it, too.     I could hear a bird chirping outside our door. Now, let me stop and tell you that we love birds and have feeders and houses everywhere for them. We’ve had a bluebird in a nest raising her young and we have watched as … Read entire article »

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WHERE CAN WE GO BUT TO THE LORD

 Living below in this old sinful world Hardly a comfort can afford Striving alone to face temptation so Where could I go but to the Lord   Where could I go, oh where could I go Seeking a refuge from my soul Needing a friend to save me in the end Where could I go but to the Lord   Life here is grand with friends I love so dear Comfort I get from God’s own word Yet when I face the chilling hand of death Where could I go but to the Lord   Where could I go, oh where could I go Seeking a refuge from my soul Needing a friend to save me in the end Where could I go but to the Lord   This morning I woke up singing this song. Do you ever do that? Wake up with a song flowing through your mind? … Read entire article »

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Backburner Stuff

     Whenever Angie is cooking, she often saves the best for last. My favorite things seem to be the leftover items that she’s miraculously transformed into a delicious stew or soup. She’s prone to get that old wood stove fired up in the cookhouse on weekends. While she’s cooking bread or some other item, she’s got this stew going on the back burner. It takes a long time to get it finished, but it’s always worth it. I mean, those ingredients simmer together and you can’t tell what’s coming until that first bite. Well, last week, the Lord did some back burner cooking for me. And that bite was glorious!       There have always been those items in scripture that don’t have immediate answers. They are the things that scholars don’t … Read entire article »

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People of Ceaseless Prayer

 I would like to ask you a few questions. Do you pray? Do you pray often or only a couple times a day? Would you consider yourself to be a person of ceaseless prayer?  When you think of your day, what times would you say you pray? Do meal blessings or bed time prayers come first to mind? Is it possible that these few moments in time are really the only time we pray? Should we do it more?  To really determine how much we should pray, we must first understand what prayer is. Webster’s Dictionary says prayer is “an address to God in word or thought”. Prayer has many different meanings. Usually we use prayer to ask God’s guidance, for answers to questions or provision for tangible things we need. But prayer is so much more than that.  Prayer is the most powerful way … Read entire article »

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A DAD’S PLACE

   I am sitting at home, finally. It seems like when I’m away, I can’t get back quick enough. You see, I had to go to a school in Atlanta this past week. Angie went with me and that did make things better. But the children stayed behind and so did our home and our place. As far back as I can remember, my Dad used the term “place” when he talked about where someone lived. He’d say, “They sure have a nice place”.   Well, this week, I remembered my place. I constantly thought of my home and of the girls. It’s been stated that home is where the heart is. I suppose that’s true. My instructor in Atlanta, Steve Haskett, is a man of constant travel. He goes all … Read entire article »

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Secret Agent Christians

     I was in a Bible study with my family the other night, when I said something that made them all laugh. We had been discussing the fact that scripture clearly states that Christians will be persecuted. In Matthew 5  the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount begin. Jesus is giving the statements that clearly define the correct attitudes of the born again.  I have always taught that they were much like a “job description” of today. In other words, this is what the Saints of God have that distinguishes them from the world.     It was then that I spoke of the “undercover agent” Christians; those that want to be included with the number on judgment day, but really don’t want to live any differently than the rest of the world. I remembered … Read entire article »

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The Art of Being Offended

Recently I have been pondering the different times in my life when I have become offended at people for various and sundry reasons.  Which of course leads me to think about the people who have been offended at me.  One night as I was considering a particular situation in the past, the thought flashed into my mind that this person had raised being offended to an art.  Immediately I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to pray, which I did at some length.  Probably about 15 years ago, I did a personal Bible Study on being offended and the Spirit of Offense.  At the time it seemed that I was either hurting people’s feelings or being hurt myself on a regular basis.  Not too long after this I heard a sermon … Read entire article »

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Teaching the Blind

    In Talladega there is a School for the Blind. It’s very interesting to have the “sight impaired” community here as we often see them walking with their white canes. I have always admired those with physical handicaps who’ve overcome and usually do very well with their lives. The other morning, as I was going to work, I saw a gentleman taking a morning stroll. He had a white cane and dark glasses so I recognized him as a blind person. As I watched him, I thought about all that he’d had to learn and how well the school had done in instructing him to walk around town unaided. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me. It seems that we’ve done the same thing in the Church.       We have a condition, being born … Read entire article »

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MUCH WAS GIVEN

 I had a dream quite a few years ago and I think that it’s time I shared it with you.  It was one of those dreams that was directly from God and I knew it as soon as I woke up.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “Everytime I get on a website and read about someone having a dream, it always seems to be prophetic.  It’s usually a calamity or some future event that is supposed to happen.”  This is not one of those dreams, so please bear with me.  The following is my dream in its entirety.  It is still burned into my mind even seven years later. “I was standing on a corner lot.  It was vacant and didn’t even have trees.  A group of people … Read entire article »

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Without Wax

      As we were having our Bible study today in our local church, I was reminded of something. Our teacher, Joey Nabors, was going over some attributes of prayer. When he got to sincerity, I remembered something that I’d read long ago. It seems that the word’s origination has an interesting meaning.       I have always been interested in word origins. My Mom even gave me a book on the subject. We often lose sight of what the Word of God is saying simply because we don’t know the meaning of words. I can’t count the times that scripture has jumped out at me once I found the definition of something.   Today, one of my past studies came back to me. It seems that the word sincere comes from two Latin … Read entire article »

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I’ve Broken Them All

    I had an interesting discussion with a gentleman years ago that I was recently reminded of. It seems that there is a group of folks that are pushing the Ten Commandments to be continued in the public eye. They are the basis for everything that we know in American government. God’s law is the foundation for our Christian nation.     And yet, there are folks who think that they’ve somehow kept them. Well, I haven’t! In fact, I’ve broken them all. Yes, you heard it here! I have broken all 10 of God’s commandments. That was how my discussion went with the above person. He stated that he might not be a great person but he knew that he wouldn’t go to Hell because he’d never broken the Ten Commandments.    To … Read entire article »

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The Moral of the Story

     I’d like to tell you a little story. It is not unlike one of those that your mother read to you when you were young. Just like her, I’m going to tell you that it has a moral.     There once was a war going on between two armies. It was fierce and had lasted for many, many years. It was not likely that this war would end anytime soon. Both sides were trenched in to stay whatever time it took to be victorious. Both sides had determined to win at any cost. The soldiers on each side were highly trained and amply supplied. They were provided with equipment and ammunition to do what soldiers must do to win. Their training provided them the knowledge to stay alive and to succeed … Read entire article »

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

      As many of my stories say, we hear the voice of God through our farm activities. It’s as if He intended us to till the soil so that we could fully understand. If we look back to Genesis and the fall of man, we will see an amazing statement from the Lord. In chapter 3 verse 17 He stated a curse toward man. The curse was that the ground would bring forth thorns and thistles and that we would work it in sorrow.     But what I looked at was the statement “for your sake”. Think about someone doing something for your sake! I have looked through the Word and compared that phrase “your sake”. It always means for someone’s final outcome to be favorable. It’s never a punishment but … Read entire article »

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What Current Carries You?

 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  Acts 20:24  First of all I want to say that it strikes me funny the ways that God finds to reveal something to my heart. Let me explain….  This afternoon, when we had all finished dinner, I went out to the deck and jumped in the pool. It’s a small, round, above ground pool that we bought several years ago. It’s only about 4 feet deep but it is a welcome relief after a long and hotAlabamasummer day. I love to swim, but you can’t really swim straight in … Read entire article »

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The Problem with Expanding Visions

  It’s been a while since I wrote a new article and I apologize. It’s not that the Lord has stopped giving them. It’s just that I neglect to spend the time and write them down. This particular one has been around for a year or so, simmering in my spirit.   I’m going to talk about visions. It seems that everyone has a vision these days. I’m not particularly talking about dreams and angels floating through your bedroom. The visions that I’m writing of are the ones that people or groups set as goals to accomplish.    Given my almost fifty years of walking this life, I have accumulated a small amount of wisdom. It seems that most of it has come from my dumb mistakes and the more dumb ones … Read entire article »

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Misplaced Trust

 Today was a beautiful day!  It got a little warmer than I would have liked for the last day of September but last night was very cool indeed.  So when I awoke this morning and went outside with my cup of coffee – I could hearOlivia’s voice in my mind “Momma, this would be a good day for Chili!”  Indeed it was.  We love a big pot of chili when the weather turns cool andOliviais a Chili fanatic.  About 10:00 I got the dried beans rinsed and started them in a pot to begin the 3 to 4 hours of simmering that they required.  It was a busy day and we accomplished many things.  The Lord blessed us by prospering the work of our hands and many things on our “To … Read entire article »

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Salad Bar Christianity

 This morning as the first moments of awareness were creeping into my brain I had a phrase flash across my thoughts – “Salad Bar Christianity”.  I lay there pondering on this and allowed the Holy Spirit to bathe my heart with understanding of what this meant.  The Salad Bar came into our lives back in the late1960’s in restaurants.  The concept was simple – everything you could possibly want on a salad was laid out in individual bowls on a table and you chose which items you wanted and how much you wanted.  There were even new inventions developed to protect the foods on the salad bar – the ever popular “sneeze guard”! J Today everyone is familiar with the salad bar concept and it has even grown to now include … Read entire article »

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Double Negatives

 I am imagining that when you read the title of this article you thought perhaps that it was information on some type of grammar.  Our family has never been known for its perfect grammar and really I suppose I am fine with that. J  Nope, nothing to do with grammar – everything to do with attitude.  As a parent I think I have used the word attitude more times than I ever thought possible.  A word that didn’t seem so important to me when I was growing up – although I do remember my mother commenting on it regularly and it was always predicated with the word “bad”.   Sound familiar?  This little article is about negative attitudes and the negative outlook that accompanies it.  We have all heard the phrase “do … Read entire article »

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